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   Iris is a hardy perennial flower grown

for its large, showy blooms held high

above the long, narrow leaves. Most

garden iris bloom in late spring to early

summer. Iris blooms in just about every

 color of the rainbow.

Florists iris are available just about year-round

  Iris flowers have three petals often called

the "standards", and three outer petal-like

 sepals called the "falls".

 

Iris is the largest genus in the Iridaceae family.

It contains more than 300 species and many hybrids and cultivars.

It's useful to become familiar with the groups or subgenus divisions,

as this helps to sort out similar species, an aid when approaching

 their cultivation.

 

Iris reticulata 'Harmony' is a popular cultivar with a nice contrast of blue and yellow.

Photo taken March 2005 by Jay Yourch.

 

Iris 'Bronze Beauty' This is one of the so-called Dutch iris,

 flowers probably better known to most people as cut flowers.

 Iris with this brown color were seeming more common in the past: a list

from a century ago shows several in this color range in the

similar Spanish Iris group. Years ago I had another handsome one

called Le Mogul. Photo by Jim McKenney

 

Note: Talking to flowers is dangerous to others health.... Note: Talking to flowers is dangerous to others health.... Note: Talking to flowers is dangerous to others health.... Note: Talking to flowers is dangerous to others health....

Reference:

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httphttp://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/Iris/Iris_sari_2.jpg

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httphttp://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/Iris/Iris_planifolia.jpg